The West Course
Volumes have been written on the qualities of the West Course but put simply it’s a combination of the greatest land, greatest design and greatest construction ever seen in this country. Full of dramatic undulation, fertile sandy soil and with a natural rugged appearance, it was a gift from the golfing gods.
Picking out West Course highlights is difficult. The bold bunkering is visually spectacular while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of native grasses which naturally frame each hole, providing great definition and contrast without distracting from the strategy. The greens are simply brilliant and for decades have consistently provided the finest putting surfaces in Australia. Large and beautifully contoured they are built to accommodate approaches from a number of angles with each progressively more difficult the further the tee shot strays from the perfect line.
The East Course
The East Course starts and finishes on the main site alongside its more famous sibling, with these seven ‘home paddock’ holes the highlight. The bunkering is superb while the greens, though smaller than the West’s, are as beautifully constructed and intricately sloped.
Incorporating the most dramatic undulation on the course, the short four, long four, mid four start is brilliant with clear risk/reward options from the tee and birdie to double bogey possibilities. The closing stretch is equally memorable starting with the short par 4 15th and the heavily bunkered 16th, which is the flattest ‘home paddock’ hole of either course but one of the best and most underrated par 3s in Melbourne. The final two holes, famously used as the climax to the world-renowned Composite Course, are also exceptional. The 18th is one of the most awesome finishing holes in golf.